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The Cantina by Campbell’s – Pop-up Restaurant in Toronto

Amazing Events, Kids & Family - Mama 1 - February 1, 2016

If you’re like me, you’ll try almost anything to get your kids eating reasonably healthy – the whole hiding spinach in the spaghetti sauce trick. Like any kids they can be picky sometimes, and everyone wants something different. But I think the new pop-up restaurant opening tomorrow will be just the place to take them for lunch.

The Cantina by Campbell’s will feature original recipes, by Chef Matt Dean Pettit, using Campbell’s soups and broths. And Chef Matt has designed the recipes so that they can easily be recreated at home. And with all the fresh garnishes my kids can choose from, they’ll all have a different soup. Such a great idea to have a single soup base and let my kids add the ingredients they want.

The restaurant will also have a mosaic wall where we can place a sticker, and for every sticker placed Campbell’s Canada will be donating a can of soup to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you check out the pop-up restaurant, don’t forget to share your soup creation using #weallsoup.

EVENT DATES: Tuesday, February 2nd  – Sunday, February 21st
WHERE: 501 Queen Street West, Toronto

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Singing Christmas Carols #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 20, 2015

Now that school’s out and Christmas is just 5 days away, our kids are ridiculously excited. They can barely contain themselves. And I’m sure many moms will agree, the sentence “Is it Christmas yet?” is the theme of the week.

As the countdown continues we are definitely in the Christmas spirit. And of course that means Christmas Carols. Our kids like some of the silly made up up ones like “Jingle Bells, Batman smell…” but they also sing along to some of my favourite classics like “White Christmas” and “The Wassail Song”.

Our playlist has everyone from Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Michael Bublé and even Arianna Grande. I’m sure it’ll keep growing over the next couple days before we narrow it down to the official Christmas Day Playlist. Which is mostly controlled by the kids. Through I do get the final veto power.

What’s your favourite Christmas carol?

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Christmas PJ’s #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 13, 2015

There’s only 12 more days left until Christmas. And while you may be thinking to yourself, I better get shopping, or baking or decorating, I’ve got something else for you to add to your list. If you haven’t brought out your Christmas PJ’s, now is a great time!

Around our house, everyone is hanging out in their Christmas PJ’s on the weekends. I love how onsies for grown-ups is now such big thing. It’s so easy to find tacky Christmas PJ’s. And they’re pretty darn comfortable! Some of my favourite moments are when all of us are eating breakfast, watching cartoons, chilling in our Christmas PJ’s.

Luckily our kids are still young enough to think it’s fun. One day it’ll become embarrassing for sure. And then my husband and I will wear them whenever they have friends over, because it’ll still be fun for us!

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Christmas Movies #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 6, 2015

When you have kids Christmas becomes exciting again (if not a little stressful). And while sometimes it can feel like it’s coming up too quickly, for my kids it can’t come soon enough (18 days to go!). But to help us slow down and get ready for the holidays (and enjoy some family-time), we like get together in the evenings to watch Christmas movies.

The favourite this year seems to be The Santa Clause (and truthfully we’re still watching Frozen around our house). But I’m making sure we get in the classics too, like The Muppets Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the original Miracle on 34th Street.

miracle on 34th street

What’s your family’s favourite Holiday movie?

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Santa Claus is Coming To Toronto! #TOSanta

Amazing Events, Kids & Family - Mama 1 - November 9, 2015

santa parade

It’s that wonderful time of the year when we can’t get enough of hot chocolate, candy canes, family dinners, and the never ending festive feeling. To add on to this holiday spirit, you can attend the Toronto Santa Claus Parade,  which will be performing its 111th annual ceremony this week!

On November 15th, Santa Claus and more than 25 animated floats will commence the march from the Christie Pits (Bathurst and Bloor) at 12:30 and make its way down to St. Lawrence Market (Front and Jarvis). The parade will also include 2,000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns who will be leading the way and providing added joy to the crowd. Check out the parade route here.



What makes the parade so special?

Other than getting the chance to see Santa, the parade holds historic significance for the city of Toronto. Initially started in 1905, The Santa Claus Parade has become a local tradition that is celebrated and enjoyed by Canadians all across the nation and worldwide. It is broadcasted across North America, and is also enjoyed by viewers as far as New Zealand, Norway and Iceland. The Toronto Santa Claus parade is considered the longest running children’s parade in the world and holds great significance in initiating the festive season.


This year, the parade will be displaying not only a Harry Potter themed float but will also include American League East division champions Toronto Blue Jays, the upcoming Disney-Pixar motion picture The Good Dinosaur, childhood favourite Thomas the Tank Engine, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Three floats from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment also return this year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto FC taking part in the celebration.

Canadian Tire santa ClauseYou can also follow the organization on Twitter @TOSanta, Facebook, or on Instagram. Also, be sure to follow the news about Santa Claus Parade with the hashtag  #TOSanta!

Canadian Tire is a proud sponsor of the event. They will be hosting Mrs. Clause on the second last float of parade! Mrs. Clause will help you entertain for Christmas with the complete line of My Canvas products from Canadian Tire.

Check out what products Mrs. Clause will be using on the float:


This Stemless Wine Glass set is perfect for entertaining!


How fab is this 16-piece Dinner Set?

Serving Stand

This 3 Tier Serving Stand is perfect for storing sweet treats!


This sleek Flatware Set will match any table setting!


How good will your scrumptious sides look on these Porcelain Serving Pieces?


Love the subtle holiday hues on this 4-Piece Bowl Set!


These Highball Tumblers are perfect for any beverage you’re pouring!

To find out more about the parade, visit the website www.thesantaclausparade.ca for more information. Be sure to follow the news about Santa Claus Parade with the hashtag  #TOSanta!


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Great Family Picture Ideas

Kids & Family - Jenna - July 26, 2012

No one wants the cheesy studio pic anymore. Candid is where it’s at for sure. Those crazy, funny moments that capture the essence of your family are the ones that make this mama’s heart sing. Conveying the special quarks of all your family members onto film however can be a tall order. Here are some great ideas you can share with your photographer for your next family photo session!

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Source: hative.com via Sarah on Pinterest

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My day With The Bellyflops

Kids & Family, Momprenuer Balancing Act - Jenna - July 17, 2012

My boys and I snuggled in this evening after baths and teeth to read a few books on the couch as is customary in our home around this time. It had been a long day and to be honest I was spent and still had at least two hours worth of work hanging over my head.  I got all the wriggly bunch of boy tamed long enough to crack open a library book. I hadn’t even looked at the title now or when I tossed it into the library bag last week. Gone are the days of lingering and here are the days of just get it done so this is normally thank God I belong to a good library and stay in the kid section otherwise I might have read them some horror book due to my absent minded book selections. Give me  a break at least I am reading to them right….

Any way back to the couch. We opened the book with a cute family of five pigs on it. Thinking back this is probably the exact reason I chose it.

A Day with the Bellyflops

As I got about 2 pages in I started to snap out of  my half engaged fog and realized this book was about my family and could have been written by anyone visiting my house on any given day. The cute little family of pigs has a dad that works away from home and a mom that cares for her three piglets and works from her home office . Of course this is a children’s book so it is full of cuteness and tender words. Francine Bassede must be or know a work from home mom because she hit the nail right on the head with this one.

This book was so cute and really captured just what it is that us mums work from the house have to go through. Even my oldest son stopped and said “wow this sounds like us mom”

Don’t take my word for it. Go get it and read it and tell me what you think! What is it like in your work from home house now I am curious is it just me and Mrs. Bellyflop that share the same story or are there more of us out there!


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How to do a DIY Boys Birthday!

I would like to take this time to say a very Happy Birthday to my sweet Wyatt! He is FIVE! Wow I cannot even believe I am typing that right now! I thought maybe typing it would be less weird than saying it but, nope it’s just as strange to use the big FIVE before his name here!

Since I just had  baby & am like crazy busy this one kind of snuck up on me…GASP you say! Yeah yeah yeah It happens. So I had to pull something together quick, and on the cheap! Thanks to the inspiration from a scrap of fabric which later became the theme to my party I was able to do a totally DIY Boys Birthday party ! Here’s what we did!


Of course we started out with a Birthday Breakfast complete with candles and singing which is customary in our home.

I had invited several of his friends via Facebook & email! Thank God for this digital time we live in. I would have so failed as a mom that had to mail out everything via post mark. That would take real planning.

Any way we planned it at the park where I simply had cupcakes & games and candy! DONE!

Everything  pictured I made from what I had around the house! A fabric banner with his name, decorations, & I reused streamers & balloons from other parties. I put candy in my canisters I keep on my counter & just made cute signs, An ice tub with juice boxes just decorated up, & my favorite thing…My hubys tools for center pieces!  I picked several colors and mashed them together so I could use more of what I had. I recommend this so you can be more flexible with your decorations!

Wyatt told me it was the best birthday EVER!

See they don’t need much. I loved this party. It was super easy to put together, so I was less stressed and able to enjoy the party more. I had fun doing it & I can only judge by the look on his face in some of these pics that Wyatt did too!

*If you would like more detailed instructions on anything you see here I would be happy to post them, just leave a comment as to which ones you need!

Happy Juggling Mamas


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Kids & Family, Things I wish I'd known - Jenna - June 19, 2012

lilly-lake-2012-045This is my lovely bunch of kiddos on a bridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. my Sissy Kari captured our happy faces from below after an outing at Lilly Lake. I think she did a great job..don’t you?

lilly-lake-2012-049 However this is my favorite picture taken on the trip! It takes a great photographer, and or sister to put up with the “just one more with silly faces” picture!   I LOVE SILLY FACE PICS! What about you? do you prefer the smile or silly’s?

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Are you mom enough?

Kids & Family - Jenna - May 14, 2012

ok, so have you seen the Time Magazine cover of a 3 year old nursing? um, all I can say is …..ok, I don’t really know what to say!  I guess you could say I am semi-attached parent & take a little bit from each parenting style to meet the needs of my family. Some of this stuff is just kinda over the top. I am sure as heck not gonna tell you what to do with your kids or pose the question are you mom enough? I will let you decide for yourself.

I would love to see how you all feel about this….

are you mom enough time magazine

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